Friday, April 06, 2007

What to post???

So, what do you post when you've got no WIP progress because Kiri looks the same as it did last time, only bigger? And you've got no Yarn P*rn because you are trying to avoid the stash so you aren't tempted to cast-on something new? And you've got nothing exciting to report because you've been spending all your time on your BORING and text-heavy on-line course, learning the ins and outs of system units, serial ports, motherboards, CPUs, RAMs, BIOS, OS . . . . . zzzzzzzzzz.

Well, if you are me, you look for a way to procrastinate. You find inspiration in pretty Easter cookies posted by Jessica. And you simultaneously avoid studying and come up with something slightly blog-worthy! Here's a small sample of what I made.I didn't have many supplies on hand for this impromptu cookie-fest, but I think I did okay. The biggest challenge is always altering the recipe so I can enjoy a few too. For the cookie dough, I changed the 3/4 sugar to 1/2 cup Splenda and 1/4 cup sugar. The texture and taste came out fine, but this seems to be a bland dough that is meant to be covered in sweet decorations. Unfortunately, if I did that, I could no longer eat them, so my cookies are fairly plain.

I did make a icing for the "ugly butterflies" (they really are!!) based on this recipe. After reading the reviews, I used 1 cup Splenda and 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and added some almond extract. It tastes funny on it's own, but is quite good on the cookies. My basic "Diabetic Rule of Thumb" when baking is to always use 2 parts Splenda and 1 part sugar. Your baked goods won't be sugar-free, but they will taste much better. I'd rather have a small portion of something great than a large portion of something that doesn't quite measure up.

Okay, procrastination over. I'm off to read about booting Windows, or "what happens when a PC starts to load Windows". Oh please, somebody save me!!!

22 comments:

Melissa said...

Asww...the cookies are cute!!
I can never seem to get the Splenda ratio right. I always end up with something that tastes too sweet.

Sonya said...

Cute easter cookies! We'll have to try the Splenda ration thing here. I miss our Christmas cookie tradition since both my parents became diabetic. Now we always have fruit for holiday desserts. Bla.

So what does happen when a pc starts to load Windows?

elizabeth marley said...

Your cookies are adorable...so much baking on the blogs lately. It might be time to put down my needles and get to the kitchen.

Cathy said...

Cute cookies Karen, the girls and I will be baking and coloring eggs tomorrow! Have a Happy EAster

Heide said...

Love your cookies! I can't eat aspartame because it makes my left side go numb (it doesn't cause MS, but I'm one of the lucky few who is sensitive to it and I'll have a relapse). Anyway, as a result, I've never tried Splenda for fear of a similar reaction. The crappy thing is that I'm not supposed to eat processed sugars either. My compromise is that I still eat sugar, but only in very limited quantities and sugar free anything is just avoided. Good luck with your Windows loading. I'm computer illiterate (that's why I'm married to a techno geek). Hope your Easter is wonderful.

Zonda said...

Cute cookies!! Hungry now! Great way to avoid startitis..may have to use your idea...cause I got startitis bad...just wished I had finishitis!! Have a great weekend!

Jennifer said...

I think they look yummy!

Kelly said...

The cookies look great! Have a Happy Easter!

--TECHknitter said...

Cute cookies!

Katt said...

i plan on making biscuits today..

Happy Easter to you and yours!

I have been doing a lot of knitting..but none of the stuff that on the "LIST" of things sitting around forever! Bad me starting new things.

Katt

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Great cookies, and hmmm... Maybe you need to go to East Haddam to visit Farmhouse Yarns? I am thinking of going this Saturday to pick up more goodies. :)
=:8

~Kristie said...

So *that's* how you substitute Splenda in a recipe. GOOD TO KNOW! Thank you! And I think your Easter cookies are absolutely adorable.

Happy Easter!

Olga said...

Keep plugging away at your studies (and I totally didn't intend the pun!). I know it can be exruciatingly dull sometimes, but it's good to have the nitty gritty under your belt. And it'll be done before you know it!

Dipsy said...

These cookies look so cute and yummy! Happy Easter!

Sourire11 said...

very cute!

Happy Easter!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Have you tried the brown sugar Splenda yet? It's massively sweet, but I like baking with it rather than the other Splenda. However you have to really use less than half the amount called for in the recipe or it will be overly sweet, little head up for ya!

KeanaLee said...

yummy yummy....lookin good

MissyJoon said...

I love those bunny cookies! You are so darn talented! xo

Alisha said...

Those cookies look like they need a nice warm tea!!

jessica said...

They look yummy! thanks for the linkage:) I really shouldn't eat all that sugar... bad jessica... but I will say we give lots away to friends and family. Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

keohinani said...

honestly? i didn't really read this post (yet). all i did was look at the picture and think to myself "mmmmm....cookies!" me and my one-track mind...! :)

Monika said...

Hello….I’ve been lurking for awhile. Very cute cookies, I just can’t deal with the taste of splenda….try as I might. I’ve got a great recipe for almond sugar cookies that are about 10g carbs for 2 cookies. Yep real sugar, I know, I’m a bad diabetic but splenda really tastes like ass.

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